News from the ITA

February 22, 2019


Legislative Update

Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1 this week which will phase-in an increase to the minimum wage  in Illinois to $15 per hour by 2025. The new law calls for a $1 hourly pay hike January 1, 2020, followed by a 75-cent increase to $10 on July 1, 2020. The minimum wage then would increase by $1 per hour each year on January 1 until it hits $15 per hour in 2025. 

Governor Pritzker also delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly this week. Pritzker said the state faces a $3.2 Billion deficit for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1 of this year. Pritzker proposes to raise $1.1 Billion in new revenue from legalizes sports betting, legalizing recreational use of marijuana, raising taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and plastic bags. The Governor also wants to free up nearly $800 million by extending the pension payment schedule seven years.

Pritzker also laid out his priority for spending increases, including $100 million for early childhood education grants, $375 million for K-12 education, $5 million for career and technical education, $50 million for the Monetary Award Program for college students and $52 million for higher education. He also called for an additional $30 million for child care assistance$85 million for human service agencies, $10 million for the dept. of Children and Family Services, $21 million for the Chicago Veterans Home and $5 million to implement the new gun dealer certification law. 

The Governor said Illinois needs to continue to grow its position as a top-tier startup and technology ecosystem. He also said the state needs to be prepared to make a big investment in transportation and infrastructure with the passage of a Capital Bill that would be introduced this session. And the Governor called on downstate republicans and democrats to work with him on a Downstate Revitalization Plan to encourage the creation of new businesses and jobs.


The House Consumer protection Committee adopted House Resolution 57 supporting efforts by the federal government andtelecommunications industry to reduce robocalls and the Senate Telecommunications Committee adopted SJR 18 to create the Automated Dialing and Solicitation Task Force to develop ideas to reduce robocalls and spoofing.

The bill introduction deadline in the House and Senate was Friday, February 15. In total, 3,717 bills were introduced in the House and 2,152 bills were introduced in the Senate. The status and summaries of the bills affecting the telecommunications and broadband industry can be found on the ITA website.

The Illinois House returns for session next week, February 26-28. The Illinois senate is not in session next week.

Education Super Highway Form 470s / RFPs

EducationSuperHighway distributed a new list of the latest FCC Form 470s / RFPs for school districts in Illinois. To view the list of the latest FCC form 470s / RFPs for school districts in Illinois, please click here

For more information on the services currently received by these districts, please visit Compare & Connect K-12

Regulatory Update

The Illinois Commerce Commission held a Regular Open Meeting Thursday, February 21.

The Commission entered orders approving applications from AMG Technology Investment Group, W.A.T.C.H. TV Company, Aristotle Unified Communication and Wisper ISP for designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier for the purpose of providing services supported by the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II.

The Commission also entered Orders approving applications from Illinois Fiber Connect, Wabash Independent Networks and LTD Broadband for the purpose of receiving federal Universal Service Support and an Order approving the application of Applied Research Designs as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier for the limited purpose of offering Lifeline Service.

Upcoming Events with the ITA!

2019 Annual Convention
June 9-11, 2019
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2019 Vendor Showcase
September 4-6, 2019
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Telecom Headlines

USDA Ties Telemedicine and Distance Learning Grants to opioid crisis in rural America (telecompetitor)

FCC proposes further action  against spoofing, highlights robocall enforcement actions including $245M in fines (telecompetitor)

US needs an internet data privacy law, GAO tells Congress (cnet)

With the national broadband map under attack, eight states will help NTIA update the data (telecompetitor)

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